Melodies of Literature

Poems turned into songs are a magical dance of literature and music. These works bring together the deep emotional world of poetry and the universal language of music. Each song is a rebirth of a poem; the notes and words touch the deepest corners of the soul. Poetry already carries a melody within: The rhythm between the lines, the dance of the words, the intensity of emotions. When they all come together, it is as if they are waiting to become a song. The transformation of a poem into a song is the blending of its soul with music. In this process, the emotions written by the poet’s pen mix with the musician’s notes, creating an indescribable beauty.

Our literature is filled with poems adorned with wonderful melodies for our enjoyment. Ahmed Arif’s Anadolu is the purest, most heartfelt expression of homesickness. In Arif’s verses, one can feel the scent of Anatolia’s soil, the breeze of its mountains, and the warmth of its people. Ahmet Kaya’s composition of this poem is almost a debt of gratitude. Brought to life by Kaya’s voice, Anadolu touches the listener’s heart, takes them to distant lands, and brings them back to the garden of childhood. This song is no longer just a poem. It is a shared melody of memories, longings, and dreams. Attilâ Ilhan’s poetry conveys the most passionate and desperate state of love. With Sezen Aksu’s interpretation of this poem, İlhan’s words are transported to a whole new dimension. Aksu’s voice brings life into every line of this poem, making the listener feel the love İlhan experienced. Listening to this song, one loses oneself in the depths of love, feeling in one’s heart what it means to be compelled by love. İlhan’s verses, through Aksu’s interpretation, become a symphony that reaches the most hidden corners of the heart.

Nazım Hikmet’s Karlı Kayın Ormanı, written during his exile years, is a symbol of homesickness and love for nature. With Zülfü Livaneli’s composition of this poem, Nazım’s emotions are translated into notes. Livaneli’s melody envelops and embraces Nazım’s lines; every word becomes part of a melody. Listening to this song, one wanders through snowy forests, burning with Nazım’s longing. Here, poetry and music become so unified that boundaries disappear; only emotions remain, pure and intense. Poetry and music are powerful art forms that touch the deepest parts of the soul. When these two worlds come together, the resulting works penetrate the listener’s heart. Poems turned into songs are not just about words and notes; they are the purest, most genuine form of emotions. These works envelop the listener’s soul, reminding them of themselves, and sometimes making them relive a forgotten feeling.

Poems turned into songs are the shared heritage of literature and music. They are like treasures where the emotions spilled from the poet’s pen are blended with the musician’s notes. Each song is a new birth of a poem, a new expression of an emotion. These works symbolize the unifying power of art and the journey into the depths of the human soul. As we listen, we find our own story in every note, in every line.


Ceren Erden

Literature Writer